Newcastle United fans are not convinced that interest in Sunderland goalkeeper Jordan Pickford is genuine.
Over the weekend, The Sun reported that Magpies manager Rafael Benitez is eyeing a swoop for the England Under-21 international.
The publication claimed that the North-East outfit will offer the 23-year-old a long-term contract worth £75,000 a week upon the club;s return to the Premier League.
Sunderland may find it difficult to keep hold of their shot-stopper now that they have suffered relegation to the Championship, but it would be a shock if they did business with their arch rivals Newcastle.
Everton and West Ham United have also been linked to Pickford, who has started 25 league games for the Black Cats this season.
Interestingly, Pickford, who was born in Washington, claimed in a televised interview with Sky Sports in April claiming that he would “never” follow in Jack Colback’s footsteps and join Newcastle from Sunderland.
The majority of the Magpies’ following believe that there is little truth in the Pickford rumours, while others think that the club should sign him just to make life worse for Sunderland.
Jordan Pickford to #nufc is a banker. It's not like The S*n to make up a story to generate clicks on their website.
— Adam West (@SurreyMag) April 30, 2017
That Pickford story is pure click bait #nufc
— David Punton (@DavePunton) April 30, 2017
— James Carsley (@Carsl3y) April 30, 2017
Pickford stories as lazy as Defoe ones. We have 4 first team keepers and with cash being tight think priorities elsewhere #nufc
— Alan (@alanofthenorth) April 30, 2017
— TalkNUFC (@TalkNUFC1) April 30, 2017
Pickford will be a good sign for newcastle. We can sell tim krul, mats sels and rob eliott to covee back the transfer funds. #nufc
— NUFC ASIA (@NufcAsia) April 30, 2017
This news about #nufc supposedly going for Pickford must be to help with the "move" from the championship to premier league! ????
— Janey (@Janeytoon) April 30, 2017
Pickford to toon must media banter ???? hilarious if it happens #NUFC
— Ross Kilburn (@Rossco_K) April 30, 2017
Would love to sign Jordan Pickford for #Nufc he's a class keeper. He's the only Sunderland player that I would take
— Mikie (@mikiebehan) April 29, 2017
— Total:NUFC (@Total_NUFC) April 30, 2017